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john a. powell On Finding Common Ground Post Trump

Few can argue that the country isn't heavily divided politically right now. Racial divides have deepened and it can feel like even having conversations with each other is a burden. President Joe Biden dedicated his inaugural speech to unifying the country, finding common ground, but how?

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Fog City Blues: Inauguration Day

Jan 20, 2021

At least one long national nightmare is over. Songs of Joe, Kamala, and the U.S. Presidency, 9-11 pm.

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Social media has become our tool for validation. And we go to further and further extremes to get that validation rush.

Almanac - Wednesday 1/20/21

Jan 20, 2021

Today is Wednesday, the 20th of January of 2021...

EU Sighs With Relief As Biden Readies To Enter White House

Jan 20, 2021
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The European Union’s top officials breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday that Joe Biden will be taking over as president of the United States, but they warned that the world has changed after four years of Donald Trump and that trans-Atlantic ties will be different in the future.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Watch the ceremony, inaugural address and other celebratory events throughout the day.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, we raise the virtual curtain of the Corona Radio Theater for the third part of The Machine Stops, a short story by E.M. Forster, presented by members of theater company Word for Word. Host David Latulippe checks in with founding artistic director and actor Susan Harloe; and he talks with video artists John Sanborn and Agnès Guillaume about All Roads Lead, their joint show at gallery 836M in San Francisco. Plus: reading suggestions for the new year, and a tribute to espionage novel author John le Carré by Open Air’s regular contributor Peter Robinson. 

Manny's on a Mission to Revive Civil Discourse

Jan 19, 2021
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Can we have civil civic discourse in these fractious times? Manny Yekutiel, activist and owner of the cafe, bookstore and civic events space Manny’s, passionately believes so and tells us why, 10 pm tonight (Tuesday) on Out in the Bay.

Manny opened his “people-powered and community-focused meeting and learning place” in San Francisco’s Mission District on Election Night 2018 to encourage civic engagement. He’s since hosted hundreds of events — initially in person, now virtually — on topics ranging from politics to climate change, criminal justice reform and LGBTQ rights.

San Francisco doctor and author Andrew Faulk reads from his memoir, "My Epidemic." It’s about his experiences as an HIV-positive physician treating HIV-positive patients.

Today, a farmer talks about how the pandemic has changed her work. It's part of an ongoing series called "At Work." Then, we hear from California’s youngest new assemblymember who started his campaign at just 23. And, we check out a famous piece of art by Diego Rivera in the city. Plus, an episode from the New Arrivals podcast.

As part of our @WORK series, we hear from a farmer in Davis, about what it’s been like working through a pandemic. About how COVID-19 has, and hasn’t, changed her world of farming.

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